Root keen to lose ‘Geoffrey’ tag

Root played a starring role in England???s nine-wicket victory over the Windies in the second Test in Grenada by making 182 in the first innings.

However, the 24-year-old, who was born and raised in Sheffield, has been compared to fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott by England captain Alastair Cook following his involvement in a number of recent run-outs.

Former England opening batsman Boycott was caught up in some notoriously poor running between the wickets during his 108-Test career.

His most high-profile ‘victim’ was Derek Randall in a 1977 Centenary Ashes Test, and Root says his movement in the middle has drawn comparisons.

Writing in his blog on the ECB???s website, Root said: “There was only one slight problem – everyone’s calling me Geoffrey.

“Much as I admire the man I’ve been named after, my fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott, I’m not all that keen on being compared to him for my running between the wickets.

“I’ve got Alastair Cook to thank for that. He came up with the name, and he’s probably old enough to remember a few of Geoffrey’s run-outs anyway – and as I reminded him, he bats a bit like Boycott did as well.”

Root was actually denied a double hundred in Grenada when partner Jimmy Anderson dozily failed to make his ground and ended the England innings with Root 18 short.

“It does seem a bit unfair when I couldn’t really be blamed for Jimmy Anderson’s run-out, which was the last of the three,” Root added.

“Even Jimmy has admitted he was being a bit dozy, but I can confirm that Lancashire-Yorkshire relations are fine between the two of us.”

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